Last year, beloved Wollongong festival Yours & Owls launched their environmental initiative, ‘Party with a Purpose. The festival made it their mission to minimize their impact on the environment by cutting down on single-use plastics and landfill. This year, they’re ramping it up.

2018 saw the festival trial reusable cups and water bottles, compostable food waste, plates and cutlery — they ended up achieving an 85% recycling rate. Now, the team has announced that that they’re going to attempt to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill to 10% or less and recycle 90% of environmental waste.

The strategy will include compost bins, reusable cups and water bottles and solar-powered shipping container bars. There will also be volunteers providing information on ways that punters can reduce their plastic use, and activations and installations about sustainable living situated around The Local.

To get you in the mood for some sustainable partying, the Yours & Owls gang are kicking off the festivities with the launch of #partywithapurpose at North Gong Pub on Sunday August 4, where they’ll also be celebrating the official partnership of Y&O, Plastic Free Wollongong & #partywithapurpose, and the efforts they plan to achieve together across Wollongong moving forward! Reduce your carbon footprint and ride your bike or walk to the event!

To celebrate, Yours & Owls have collaborated with North Gong Pub to put together an evening of live music, commemorating the launch of #partywithapurpose. On August 4th Big White, Babey, Paradise Club, Fierce Mild, Tuffence Meringue will descend on North Gong Pub to tear through a coupla ripper sets. Entry is free, just RSVP here.

Yours & Owls Festival 2019 Lineup

Amy Shark
Courtney Barnett
Golden Features
Hot Dub Time Machine

Angie McMahon
Love Fame Tragedy
Meg Mac
Ruel
Skeggs
Slumberjack
Sneaky Sound System
Thundamentals
Vera Blue

Bad//Dreems
Baker Boy
Bass Drums Of Death
Eves Karydas
Frenzal Rhomb
Fucked Up
Kwame
No Mono
Odette
WAXX
Yumi Zouma
The Beths
Blank Realm
Ceres
The Delta Riggs
Die! Die! Die!
Genesis Owusu
The Gooch Palms
Good Doogs
Hatchie
Kira Puru
Ocean Grove
The Pinheads
Totally Unicorn
West Thebarton
A.Swazye & The Ghosts
Bugs
Crocodylus
Eliza & The Delusionals
Georgia June
The Lazy Suzans
Low Life
Murmurmur
The Nights
Pacific Avenue
San Mei

Special local guests

Burn In Hell
Chuparosa
Dribs
Ducy Muncs
Fait Accompli
Fika
Friday Park
Hopetown
Husband Wants A Wife
Ivori
Legal Aliens
Lemon Row
Rukus
Sam Allen
Tapestry
Tex
The Bungalows
The Fangin’ Felines
The Hints
Tuff Mustard
Underplay
99 Scapegoast

Saturday, October 5th – Sunday, October 6th
Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW
More info: Yours & Owls